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Eileen Sullivan speaks to students about homeland security

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Eileen Sullivan spoke at our symposium last night, noting that the Department of Homeland Security turns 10 in March, and offering her thoughts on the homeland security issues of today.

AP reporter Eileen Sullivan speaking at Johns Hopkins UniversityMs. Sullivan, along with her colleagues Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman and Chris Hawley at the Associated Press, won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for the AP series exposing the New York Police Department's surveillance of Muslim neighborhoods. 

In recent months, Ms. Sullivan has been reporting on issues of gun violence and gun control.

In her remarks, she observed that there are striking similarities between the lone gunman and lone-wolf terrorist:  they are both hard to pick out in a crowd, they're normally not on the police's radar, and they usually have acquired their weapons legally.

She wove a fascinating narrative, moving from outlining these similar profiles to offering her thoughts on the government and law-enforcement responses to these twin threats.  She noted that in the gun violence debate, as in the terrorism debate, there has been much talk of community intervention, and preventing easy access to firearms.

Ms. Sullivan spoke to a packed audience of students from the MA in Government, MA in Global Security Studies, and MA in Public Mangement degree programs.

She mused whether or not the surveillance efforts that have been part of the nation's response to the terrorist threat may be "opening the door" to other kinds of surveillance for homeland security purposes--monitoring teenage online gamers for alarming language, perhaps.  In discussing these issues, her lecture raised the broader question of what monitoring gun violence will look like in the future.

Ms. Sullivan also gave candid answers to a wide range of questions from the audience.  In response to MA in Government student James Bagg, who asked if the AP had contributed to the environment of distrust between law enforcement and the Muslim community by breaking the story on surveillance, she responded that her reporting validated what people already felt, rather than creating new feelings of distrust.

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    It was a great speech. There is a great deal of importance associated to Homeland security. They serve the nation in a great way and students should know of their greatness.

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